Bridge Bandits have moved to second position in IV.15 after their third consecutive league win today against Shanghai Blues.
It was an historic day for OrangeStar’s side, with the team producing their best ever match performance in the dominant 5-2 win over petdr’s team. In addition to being Bandits’ third straight win, the side has also scored five goals three games in a row, proving the potency of their attacking force.
“The guys have been putting in the hard hours on the training pitch since the end of last season,” OrangeStar told the press after the match. “It’s great to see the boys hit a rich vein of form, but I know there’s more to come from them. At the moment they’re heading into every match knowing they can score, which is a huge bonus.”
Playing away from home, Bandits fans still flocked to The L Dome to see their team in action. Riccardo Carosio opened proceedings with a cracker of a goal after just 14 minutes, silencing the vocal home fans. A probing attack down the right wing resulted in a pass to Francisco Zarzalejos, who rifled in a spectacular volley from the edge of the area to double Bandits’ lead after 26 minutes. However, the home side hit back almost immediately, Mark Fulwood scoring Shanghai’s first goal barely a minute later.
With the half time score at 1-2, Bandits started tentatively in the second half. Their shaky approach looked to cost them when, 68 minutes in, Rense Delen cut in from the right and levelled the scores at 2-2. Rather then letting their heads drop, conceding seemed to inspire the Bandits lads, who unleashed on the Shanghai defence, scoring three goals in the next six minutes to take the score to 2-5. Karl-Uwe Sellmeier, Johnny Nesjan and Francisco Zarzalejos did the damage, with a little extra help from Lorenzo de Piano on the wing. In fact, Nesjan had the chance to make the already emphatic scoreline a complete humiliation in the 80th minute, but failed to capitalise on the poor marking from Shanghai’s centre backs.
The win marks the second time OrangeStar’s men have got the better of Shanghai in three meetings; with the Blues still to return to the Bandits Battleground later in the season, the Bandit Brigade would be very hopeful of their side producing a better finish than they did last season.
Yet to drop points away from home, Bandits will host QldPoms next weekend in a match that looks like it could be a tricky fixture. Although the Poms don’t have the best team in IV.15, they are undefeated, securing draws against league powerhouses Almonds AllStars and Ravo Maniacs. Can Bandits do what none before them have been able to? Only time will tell.